Early Voting: Cuomo Wants It; Counties Have Concerns

Jon Campbell reports in LoHud that Governor Cuomo included a  proposal to “make New York the 38th state in the country to allow early voting, in which a limited number of polling places are opened ahead of elections, freeing up voters from having to cast their ballot on a specific day.”

“But counties — which administer elections in New York — have their concerns, particularly when it comes to the added cost of opening polling places earlier than usual.

Stephen Acquario, executive director of the state Association of Counties, said the concept of early voting is a good one. But Cuomo’s proposal, he said, should be rejected unless the state agrees to cover’s the counties’ extra costs.

According to Cuomo’s office, the governor’s early-voting plan wouldn’t have an impact on counties for the state’s coming fiscal year, which runs from April through March. After that, the cost estimate is uncertain; Acquario said the state has estimated the cost at $3 million a year, though he believes it would be higher.”



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